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    Belt?

    Hey guys I just got a new belt. It is a 1.5" double thick cowhead belt and is very nice. Thing that has got me wondering is... I measured the length as per manufacturer instructions which was to measure on the belt you normally use from the end of the buckle tongue to the hole you normally use. In my case this was just short of 38 inches. I was worried this would be too big since my waist size is 34 so I asked when I ordered and they said to go with the 38 and if it was tooo big they would switch it out. Thing is that it's small. It fits but i can only catch the second hole without the gun and holster and the first with it. Will the belt stretch quite a bit or is it probably too small? I am worried because the trend has unfortunately been that my waist is growing and not shrinking. Thanks.

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    I try to get center hole with firearm and all accessories. That gives me a couple more in case it inexplicably shrinks. They tend to do that...

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    No...it's not going to stretch if it's good leather.
    Switch it for a longer belt.
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    I think it will probably be fine. I have just been wearing it a couple of hours around the house . I had my whole rig on and was using the third hole in the belt. That is only one off from center so it should be fine. I need to lose a few pounds anyway. I think when I first put it on it was just so rigid I didn't tighten it up enough. It is a Rafter belt. Seems to be very well made.

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    One thing I usually forget is... I wear an IWB holster which means, I need to add just a little to the length!
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    Nothing like a slightly tighter belt to induce an urge to diet a bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry
    Nothing like a slightly tighter belt to induce an urge to diet a bit
    I sure do need to lose a few. Actually I am able to use the 4th hole with my rig on. Like that its a little tight but in the 3rd hole it's comfortable. Thats only 1 hole off from the center hole with the gun and holster. So I just need to make sure I don't gain any more weight and I'll be fine. Right now I am the heaviest I've ever been at around 193. I should weigh around 175 or so.

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    Just a little braggin'

    I have to go this weekend and buy a new belt. I have recently lost 50 pounds, on my way to losing about 80 total if everything goes according to plan.

    I wanted to get into better shape and changing my diet and buying a Nordictrack have help loads.

    Can anyone suggest a good belt by the way?
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    Rafters S belts are awesome and so are Milt Sparks available thru Lightning Arms Sports. For non-leather check out the Wilderness 5 stitch.

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    The one I just got is a Rafter S and it is great. Very good construction. It is a double thick 1.5" cowhide. It ran me $55 shipped and I had it exactly a week after I ordered it. Can't beat that.

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    Here is a pic of my rig. Brommeland Max Con V Service Grade and 1.5" black cowhide Rafter S belt. Whole rig ran $130 shipped to my door. The Kimber of course was not included ;)


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    Nice!

    Is Rafter the company out of Oklahoma? http://www.rafterjleathergoods.com/index.html <---These guys?
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    Rafter is excellent, and IWB requires extra length

    I would second the accolade for Rafter belts - I have one and it is excellent.

    I have found that any sort of IWB carry requires that the belt be let out to the next available hole. If you order a new belt and you wear your gun IWB you should allow for that.

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    I once ordered a gun belt from a web site that said to go up two sizes from the size you normally wear if you are going to use it for an IWB holster. They then explained if you normally wear a 36 you should order a 40 for IWB. I was a little unsure and only went up one size from a 36 to a 38.
    When I received the belt it worked for IWB on the tightest fitting, however if I need to remove my weapon the belt is too lose.
    So I am now somewhat wary of the sizing information. Why do they not just use standard sizing.

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